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Vol. 92 No. 27

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Nanty Glo, Pa.

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Blacklick Valley approves four-year contract with district’s superintendent Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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High school project continues on schedule By Jim Lauffer

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Madeline Kowalczyk, 5, keeps fingers in her ears atop the shoulders of her aunt Kyrsten Kowalczyk during the set of One Adam 12 during the second annual Mike Worthington Memorial Benefit. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

Dr. John Mastillo will remain superintendent of the Blacklick Valley School District for another four years. At their Wednesday, June 19, meeting, members of the district’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a four-year contract with Mastillo — one that takes effect on July 1, 2013, and ends June 3, 2017. In another action, board members passed a motion outlining how the district’s Education of Disadvantaged Children (ESEA) staff and administration will interact with parents of children who are selected for ESEA Chapter 1, which funds programs to address the special needs of some students. The goal of these programs is to help students to succeed in their regular school curriculum, to attain grade-level proficiencies, and to improve achievement in both basic and advanced skills. Under the motion, district ESEA educators do the following: (1) Notify a student’s parents in a timely manner if their child is selected to participate in the ESEA Chapter 1 Program. (2) Report each student’s progress to his or her parents. (3) Provide parents with timely information about the Chapter 1 Program in which their child participates — for example, information about program plans and evaluations. Mastillo told board members that, as of the meeting date, the high school renovation project appears to be on schedule. He pointed out that weekly construction meetings are held every

Wednesday morning in the district’s board room. The superintendent recommended that directors approve of Part H of the project’s Planning and Construction

Workbook (PlanCon) and submit it to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Part H describes the

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small-scale GIS map showing the water system’s fire hydrants, and Sarah Petrunak, who created the map, gave a presentation that detailed the benefits inherent in such a map. A GIS map not only can show such system appurtenances as fire hydrants and valves, but also can contain a data layer containing system-related information.

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At their May meeting, the Jackson Township Water Authority’s board authorized the EADS (Engineering, Architecture and Design Services) Group to begin the geographic information system (GIS) mapping of its system. A year ago, engineer Pat Mulcahy presented board members with a


Musical treats in the offing for Jackson festival-goers By Jim Lauffer

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Great music is as much a part of the Jackson Heritage Festival as the great food and crafts. The 10th annual festival will feature music on its two stages from the celebration’s opening at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, through its close at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Featured acts include the Johnstown Classic Rockers, Tree, NoMad, the Fabulous Flashbacks, the Masters,


Beavercreek, and Clay Bowser.

Johnstown Classic Rockers The Johnstown Classic Rockers will again open the festival’s musical entertainment when band members take the stage at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19. The group consists of members from some of the Johnstown area’s all-time most popular bands, and its musical repertoire includes songs from the

Battle of Bands benefits Mike Worthington Memorial Scholarship By Jim Lauffer

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Those who knew Mike Worthington — his family, his friends, his bandmates — will never forget his charisma, his talent, or his passion for music. Last June, they gathered to both commemorate and celebrate his life with the inaugural Mike Worthington Memorial Benefit. Mike passed away in January 2006, a victim of vehicular homicide in Florida, where he’d studied recording arts at Full Sail University. He was 24 years old. His legacy includes the memories of his family and friends, the music that he inspires, and his two daughters, Taylor , 14, and Michaela, 6. Last Saturday, Mike’s family

and friends held a second benefit — a battle of the bands contest — at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool. Four area bands participated in the benefit: 10 Million Devils, Blood Union, Juke Left, and One Adam 12. Admission to the battle was $7 — unless attendees brought a nonperishable food item to donate to the Miners Community Food Pantry. Then the price of admission was $5. Food and refreshments were also offered for sale, as was Mike Worthington memorial merchandise. Proceeds from the benefit will be used in two ways: to contribute to the college funds of Taylor and Michaela and to perpetuate Mike’s legacy through the Mike Worthington Memorial Scholarship. The initial $500 scholarship was awarded to Blacklick Valley High School senior Brooke Rhoades at the school’s awards ceremony in May. Taylor and Michaela presented a check, along with a bouquet of red roses, to Brooke, who will attend Saint Francis

University in the fall. Mike’s mother, Sue Worthington, was pleased to establish the scholarship at her son’s alma mater — he was a member of the school’s Class of 2000 — though selecting the award’s recipient was challenging. “It was hard to choose,” she said, adding that she would like to award two memorial scholarships in 2014. She was also gratified that so many people had pulled together to organize the second memorial benefit and that so many had come to remember her son’s life. “Everyone is remembering him,” she said simply, but clearly touched. Of her son’s death, she said, “You don’t expect it in life. You can’t even prepare for it.” Although he played guitar, Mike was perhaps best known for his vocal work in fronting the local band Strychnine. Kris Cook played bass in that band and continues to play. Last year, at the first benefit concert, he was the bass player for SEE BENEFIT, PAGE 11A


The late Mike Worthington’s legacy includes the memories of his family and friends, the music that he inspires, the memorial scholarship in his name, and his two daughters, Taylor (left) and Michaela. Photo by Jim Lauffer.

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